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Seventh Sun Review

Looking for a good summer read? How about this Aztec inspired Fantasy!

Synopsis:

Thrust into leadership upon the death of his emperor father, young Prince Ahkin feels completely unready for his new position. Though his royal blood controls the power of the sun, he’s now responsible for the lives of all the Chicome people. And despite all Ahkin’s efforts, the sun is fading–and the end of the world may be at hand.

For Mayana, the only daughter of the Chicome family whose blood controls the power of water, the old emperor’s death may mean that she is next. Prince Ahkin must be married before he can ascend the throne, and Mayana is one of six noble daughters presented to him as a possible wife. Those who are not chosen will be sacrificed to the gods.

Only one girl can become Ahkin’s bride. Mayana and Ahkin feel an immediate connection, but the gods themselves may be against them. Both recognize that the ancient rites of blood that keep the gods appeased may be harming the Chicome more than they help. As a bloodred comet and the fading sun bring a growing sense of dread, only two young people may hope to change their world.

What I Liked:

Atmospheric: Lani’s rich, vivid, atmospheric style and gripping plot are a riptide, pulling unsuspecting readers under and holding them captive till the very last page.

Bingable: I fly through books on a regular basis, but I’ve never before binged so hard I went numb. Honestly, I made it through the whole set in about two days and need a re-read to properly process all the gorgeous prose and twisty feels.

Worldbuilding: I love the worldbuilding! Always been interested in ancient cultures, so the influence from lesser known myths is a big plus, while the magic system is one of the most unique and well thought out I’ve seen in quite a while.

Characters: The character development is so well done! I like Mayana and Yamania best, but every character is well fleshed out. I especially appreciate how characters react differently to similar trauma, sometimes putting them at odds and sometimes bringing them closer together.

My Rating: 5/5

There is so much truth and hope woven through these books! Lani’s heart really shines through her words with beautiful passages on worth, belief, courage, love, and life. I dare anyone to read this and say they didn’t feel seen at least once.

ONE YEAR OLD!

Today is To Slay a Curse’s first birthday ๐Ÿฅณ Giselle asked me to make a wish for her when I blew out the candle. Any guesses what it was?

And it happens to be a beautifully cozy Sunday afternoon. So why not grab yourself a cupcake and curl up with this free e-book? Yes, you read that right! My book baby is FREE ON KINDLE for the next five days! Click the image below to get your free ebook. Happy reading everyone!

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Welcoming 2022!

Can you believe we’re already a week into 2022?! How is your year shaping up? Got all your goals set or a focus word chosen? Share one in the comments!

Only a week in, and I’m already seeing a significant amount of negativity regarding this new adventure. Memes to the effect of ‘a new year is too risky’ and the general concept that things will only get worse abound.

And I get it! Especially after the week I’ve just had. It’s been a rough couple years for everyone. And so far, the coming year looks bleak. But it doesn’t have to be…if our focus is on the right things.

I’m reminded of one of my favorite Prince of Egypt songs, ‘When You Believe’. If you don’t know it, the song starts off with how bleak the world looked for the Hebrew slaves in Egypt. Decades of praying for deliverance with no answer. Generations of yearning for a land that had been promised. Then the refrain that goes: ‘There can be miracles/When you believe/Though hope is fail/It’s hard to kill’.

What’s always stood out to me here is that prayer and belief, specifically in the fact that God remembers his people, bring hope. It might take longer than we want. We might feel trapped in the desert. But God has not forgotten us. No matter how bleak our world gets, there is still hope to be found in him.

So this year, instead of writing out my usual overwhelming list of goals, I’m doing something I’ve never tried before. I’m focusing on one word: HOPE. And yes, I do still have a few goals I’m working towards. But no matter how those play out or what new projects present themselves in the coming year, I have hope. Hope and belief that God will guide me in the correct path for my life. And that’s far better than any goal I could set myself.

Here’s my challenge for you. As you go out into this new year, go with prayer. Go with belief. And go with hope.

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‘A Sister in Spirit’ Blurb

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Just BE

When is the last time you chucked the DO list and let yourself just BE?

I have to admit, as much as I’d like to claim the hygge lifestyle, I don’t take down time nearly as often as I should. But I’ve made a concentrated effort recently! Put off chores to hang out with my brother. Ditched socials in favor of books and walks. Avoided marketing stress with cookies and cross-stitch ๐Ÿ˜‰ And you know what? It’s been so refreshing!

So as we go into the bustle of this holiday season, I’m encouraging you to take time off the schedule and just be.

Also, my Scorpio Races reread has made me nostalgic for my horse girl days. Hence the stable aesthetic with Owl Crate’s super comfy wrap โ˜บ

Flash Sale!

My dear Friends and Followers, and my dear Realmies and Readers, and Sisters, and Falcons, and Authorpreneurs. Today is my twenty-eighth birthday!

I hope you are enjoying yourselves as much as I am! I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. (Yes, it works out to a compliment ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Finally, I wish to make an ANNOUNCEMENT! I’m running a FLASH SALE! For the next 24 hours, all items in my shop will be 20% off.

If you’ve been eyeing something for a while, want a jump start on Christmas shopping, or just need a treat on this blustery Thursday, NOW IS THE TIME!

I regret to inform you, this is the END. I am going. I am leaving NOW. GOOD-BYE!

~A Long-Expected Party (Rae Edition)

Fall Comes Again

I found this poem while cleaning out old notebooks and it just struck me. Figured with autumn truly setting in, this was a perfect time to share it ๐Ÿ’›

Listen to the rain.

The pitter patters

Of a cloud in tatters.

Fall has come again.

๐Ÿ‚

Watch the leaves swirling.

Colorful scraps that descend

And at your feet find their end.

Fall is round you curling.

๐Ÿ‚

Taste the sweet cider.

The harvest has provided

And round the table lay divided.

Fall spreads the wider.

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Smell the poignant hay.

In bales is it packed

And on the truck stacked.

Fall upon the fields lay.

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Feel the warm blaze.

At your fingertips is raised

And all else becomes hazed.

Fall weaves its maze.